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Final NQS Scenarios


1. Oklahoma Sooners

NQS: 198.115
Previous ranking: 1

Road Score 1: 198.200
Road Score 2: 198.075
Road Score 3: 198.050
Home/Road Score 1: 198.325
Home/Road Score 2: 198.275
Home/Road Score 3: 197.975
NQS: 198.115

Maximum possible NQS after next meet: 198.185

Oklahoma recorded its 5th 198 of the season in defeating Alabama over the weekend, clinching the overall #1 ranking for the postseason and leaving only one question—whether the team can use its performance at Big 12s to break the all-time RQS (NQS…) record of 198.120, set by Oklahoma last season. That requires a score of 198.000 to tie, 198.025 to break.


2. UCLA Bruins

NQS: 197.885
Previous ranking: 2

Road Score 1: 198.025
Road Score 2: 197.900
Road Score 3: 197.700
Home/Road Score 1: 198.325
Home/Road Score 2: 198.025
Home/Road Score 3: 197.775
NQS: 197.885

Maximum possible NQS after next meet: 198.010

UCLA’s “we’re honoring Miss Val by being all over the place” competition did nothing to change the team’s NQS, but because the NQS was high enough to begin with, UCLA is already set at finishing the season #2 regardless of what happens at the conference championship.


3. LSU Tigers

NQS: 197.680
Previous ranking: 4

Road Score 1: 198.175
Road Score 2: 197.450
Road Score 3: 197.250
Home/Road Score 1: 198.150
Home/Road Score 2: 197.900
Home/Road Score 3: 197.650
NQS: 197.475

Maximum possible NQS after next meet: 197.865
Possible ranking range: 3-4

Our first shakeup in the rankings comes as a result of LSU traveling to the land that COP forgot to score a 198.175 at Arizona, just enough to pass up Florida for #3 in the rankings and therefore get Olympic order in the evening session at the SEC Championship. LSU will be looking to score a 197.950 at SECs, the number required to clinch this ranking position regardless of Florida’s score. Since SECs are in New Orleans this year, LSU will enjoy the benefit of being the de facto home team while also getting to use the number as a road score. 


4. Florida Gators

NQS: 197.675
Previous ranking: 3

Road Score 1: 198.025
Road Score 2: 197.500
Road Score 3: 197.325
Home/Road Score 1: 198.025
Home/Road Score 2: 197.850
Home/Road Score 3: 197.675
NQS: 197.675

Maximum possible NQS after next meet: 197.815
Possible ranking range: 3-4

With a week off, Florida was not able to improve its NQS and has fallen behind LSU in the rankings. Florida will also not be able to control its own destiny for that #3 ranking position as LSU has the higher maximum possible NQS following SEC Championships. Which means that Florida could win SECs and still find itself ranked below LSU if the meet is super close and both teams are getting season-high-type scores, allowing LSU to take advantage of having that higher maximum. Florida’s goal will be to win SECs by more than a tenth AND have LSU stay below that 197.950 marker. If both teams go 198, LSU is staying ahead regardless of who wins.


5. Denver Pioneers

NQS: 197.540
Previous ranking: 5

Road Score 1: 197.775
Road Score 2: 197.450
Road Score 3: 197.225
Home/Road Score 1: 197.725
Home/Road Score 2: 197.675
Home/Road Score 3: 197.625
NQS: 197.540

Maximum possible NQS after next meet: 197.650

Denver ventured back out on the road over the weekend to score a perfectly acceptable low 197, enough to improve the team’s NQS and stay at #5 but not enough to challenge the higher-ranked teams. Denver is now one of the set teams—able to go no higher and no lower than 5th regardless of the score at Big 12s.


6. Utah Utes

NQS: 197.375
Previous ranking: 6

Road Score 1: 197.450
Road Score 2: 197.375
Road Score 3: 197.250
Home/Road Score 1: 197.975
Home/Road Score 2: 197.625
Home/Road Score 3: 197.175
NQS: 197.375

Maximum possible NQS after next meet: 197.535
Possible ranking range: 6-8

Utah scored a road season high against Georgia, but as the final score was 197.450, it didn’t make a huge dent against the other teams in this portion of the rankings. We can expect a big number at Pac-12s (once again, Utah as the de facto home team for a road meet), and Utah will need a least a moderately solid number because even though the Utes can move no higher than 6th this weekend, there is still a threat from Georgia and Michigan. That threat can be snuffed out by Utah scoring 197.425 at Pac-12s.


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Ranking Watch: Week 10


1. Oklahoma Sooners

NQS: 198.025
Previous ranking: 1

Road Score 1: 198.200
Road Score 2: 198.075
Road Score 3: 198.050
Home/Road Score 1: 198.325
Home/Road Score 2: 197.975
Home/Road Score 3: 197.825
NQS: 198.025

Maximum possible NQS after next meet: 198.125
Meets remaining: 3
Road meets remaining: 1

Oklahoma’s return to the land of the 198s over the weekend brought the team NQS over the 198 barrier—making Oklahoma the 5th team in history to achieve that feat, following Oklahoma 2017 and 2018 and UCLA 2003 and 2004. We’re now back on record watch, as Oklahoma could match its own all-time NQS record (198.120) at today’s meet against Iowa State with a score of 198.300 and would break it with a 198.325. Absolutely possible the way things have been going. Oklahoma is already guaranteed to be safely at #1 heading into conference championships regardless of what happens until then.

Now, about the absences of Trautman and Nichols (on two events). You would think Oklahoma is not going to score 198s in real life if that keeps up into elimination meets, but also nothing matters anymore and there are no deductions, so whatever.


2. UCLA Bruins

NQS: 197.885
Previous ranking: 2

Road Score 1: 198.025
Road Score 2: 197.900
Road Score 3: 197.700
Home/Road Score 1: 198.325
Home/Road Score 2: 198.025
Home/Road Score 3: 197.775
NQS: 197.885

Maximum possible NQS after next meet: 197.995
Meets remaining: 2
Road meets remaining: 1

UCLA notched its 5th-best score in program history on Sunday with a 198.325 against Stanford—a marked improvement over the showing against Oklahoma the previous week but also one where the score overpromises on the quality of the performance, surprise surprise. This result further entrenches UCLA in that #2 position as no one else can come very close to catching the Bruins this weekend. UCLA also cannot catch Oklahoma, even if VAL! 2019 is evaluated exactly as we expect it to be next Saturday.


3. Florida Gators

NQS: 197.675
Previous ranking: 3

Road Score 1: 198.025
Road Score 2: 197.500
Road Score 3: 197.325
Home/Road Score 1: 198.025
Home/Road Score 2: 197.850
Home/Road Score 3: 197.675
NQS: 197.675

Maximum possible NQS after next meet: 197.815
Meets remaining: 1
Road meets remaining: 1

Florida snatched its second 198 of the season in its home finale, though things are not quite as solid for Florida heading into the final weekend of non-championship meets since Florida will be on a rest week. Probably a nice idea before SECs, but it does mean that Florida is potentially vulnerable to losing the #3 ranking if things go just, just right for LSU. LSU would need to match its season high with a 198.150+ on the road at Arizona to pass Florida—so not easy but not impossible.


4. LSU Tigers

NQS: 197.475
Previous ranking: 4

Road Score 1: 197.450
Road Score 2: 197.250
Road Score 3: 197.125
Home/Road Score 1: 198.150
Home/Road Score 2: 197.900
Home/Road Score 3: 197.650
NQS: 197.475

Maximum possible NQS after next meet: 197.680
Meets remaining: 2
Road meets remaining: 2

Not to be outdone, LSU was the 4th team to manage a 198 over the weekend, going 198.150 in its home finale for a top-5 score in program history and opening up the possibility of passing Florida for #3 this weekend as noted above. It’s the flat road scores that have kept LSU from challenging the top three, and an opportunity to rectify that has now been presented.

But. LSU must also worry about getting passed this weekend. Despite having a higher peak NQS than Denver and therefore controlling the situation, Denver still has quite a low road score to get rid of and is therefore more likely to improve its NQS by a larger amount. If Denver manages another season high, LSU is going to need to go 198s again to guarantee staying at #4. LSU is also potentially vulnerable to Utah but would have to put up an unusably low number for that to come into play.


5. Denver Pioneers

NQS: 197.365
Previous ranking: 6

Road Score 1: 197.775
Road Score 2: 197.450
Road Score 3: 196.350
Home/Road Score 1: 197.725
Home/Road Score 2: 197.675
Home/Road Score 3: 197.625
NQS: 197.365

Maximum possible NQS after next meet: 197.650
Meets remaining: 2
Road meets remaining: 2

Our first change in the rankings this week comes with Denver jumping up into the #5 spot ahead of an idle Utah team. Despite recording one of the top 5 scores in program history (ALMOST LIKE A THEME!), Denver did not improve its NQS too much because the team already had three home scores among the top scores in program history. There wasn’t much to change. There will be much to change, however, this next weekend on the road since Denver still has that low 196 road score flapping around in there. Even if the road score are a little more conservative next week, that 196.350 is infinitely beatable and Denver presenting a threat to LSU is realistic. Utah, meanwhile, does present a threat to Denver this week, Denver looking to score 196.950 to be assured of retaining #5.


6. Utah Utes

NQS: 197.315
Previous ranking: 5

Road Score 1: 197.375
Road Score 2: 197.250
Road Score 3: 197.150
Home/Road Score 1: 197.975
Home/Road Score 2: 197.625
Home/Road Score 3: 197.175
NQS: 197.315

Maximum possible NQS after next meet: 197.480
Meets remaining: 2
Road meets remaining: 2

Utah dropped a spot to Denver by not competing over the weekend, though #6 may be the new normal because Utah has a much lower peak NQS after the coming meets than LSU and Denver do. Denver has totally upended that LSU/Utah regional showdown the rankings had been pointing toward for so many weeks. Whether Utah has a shot to get back to #5 this week is in Denver’s hands, even if Utah’s visit to Georgia on Saturday is scored exactly as you expect it to be. Utah will also be focused on staying ahead of Michigan, which can be assured with a 197.550. 


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Ranking Watch: Week 9

OK.

Sigh.

I’ve given in to calling it NQS. But I’m not happy about it and will still call it RQS most of the time. It’s still the SCORE used to determine who QUALIFIES to REGIONALS. Regional Qualifying Score. 


1. Oklahoma Sooners

NQS: 197.940
Previous ranking: 1

Road Score 1: 198.075
Road Score 2: 198.050
Road Score 3: 197.975
Home/Road Score 1: 198.325
Home/Road Score 2: 197.825
Home/Road Score 3: 197.775
NQS: 197.940

Maximum possible NQS after next meet: 198.050
Meets remaining: 4
Road meets remaining: 2

Oklahoma improves its NQS only slightly this week after the solid-but-non-invincible 197.775 scored in victory over UCLA. That score replaced a previous 197.700 but is still the low number Oklahoma that will be looking to drop this coming weekend, a two-meet road trip against Michigan on Saturday and Iowa State on Monday. Nichols returned on bars and beam, though it was beam that proved to be the culprit in keeping Oklahoma away from the 198s this week rather than floor, which looked more composed and improved even without Nichols once again. As last week, Oklahoma is already locked at #1 for next Monday’s rankings regardless of the events of this weekend.


2. UCLA Bruins

NQS: 197.800
Previous ranking: 2

Road Score 1: 198.025
Road Score 2: 197.900
Road Score 3: 197.700
Home/Road Score 1: 198.025
Home/Road Score 2: 197.775
Home/Road Score 3: 197.600
NQS: 197.800

Maximum possible NQS after next meet: 197.885
Meets remaining: 3
Road meets remaining: 1

No change for UCLA this week following the 197.575 in a loss to Oklahoma, an acceptable score but not one that got into the top 6 team scores on the season. UCLA showed some solid improvements on floor but was a little too blah in the first half of the meet, particularly in those final cast handstands on bars, to earn the right to challenge Oklahoma—or a countable road score. Because this 197.800 NQS is already quite high, UCLA cannot be caught at #2 this coming weekend.


3. Florida Gators

NQS: 197.545
Previous ranking: 3

Road Score 1: 198.025
Road Score 2: 197.500
Road Score 3: 197.325
Home/Road Score 1: 197.850
Home/Road Score 2: 197.675
Home/Road Score 3: 197.375
NQS: 197.545

Maximum possible NQS after next meet: 197.675
Meets remaining: 2
Road meets remaining: 1

Florida suffered a similar fate to UCLA in that a no-vault-for-you road score of 197.225 was not enough to change the NQS picture this week. That means Florida is now guaranteed to count both a 197.675 and a 197.500, which will make it difficult to move up higher than third even with 198s in the remaining two meets since UCLA has all of those 197.7+ scores. Though not impossible. Like the top 2, Florida is already safe at #3 for next week’s rankings.


4. LSU Tigers

NQS: 197.380
Previous ranking: 4

Road Score 1: 197.450
Road Score 2: 197.250
Road Score 3: 197.125
Home/Road Score 1: 197.900
Home/Road Score 2: 197.650
Home/Road Score 3: 197.425
NQS: 197.380

Maximum possible NQS after next meet: 197.475
Meets remaining: 3
Road meets remaining: 2

LSU finally got its score, using the cracky top-3-team home evaluation the squad had been dreaming about for weeks to snatch a season high and ensure that the team remained at #4 despite being under threat from both Utah and Denver. This weekend, LSU stays at home to face Oregon State and will therefore have to wait to get rid of those remaining low-197 road scores. Focus will once again be on retaining the #4 spot, which is almost in the bag but not entirely. If LSU goes sub-197.450 and Denver gets a season high at the same time, then Denver could pass up LSU for #4, but it’s a fairly long shot.


5. Utah Utes

NQS: 197.315
Previous ranking: 5

Road Score 1: 197.375
Road Score 2: 197.250
Road Score 3: 197.150
Home/Road Score 1: 197.975
Home/Road Score 2: 197.625
Home/Road Score 3: 197.175
NQS: 197.315

Maximum possible NQS after next meet: 197.480
Meets remaining: 2
Road meets remaining: 2

Facing a similar threat from Denver, Utah had to get a season high against Michigan on Saturday to retain its #5 ranking and did so with a Happy Senior Day 197.975 of its own. All is safe for now. But, Utah does not compete this coming weekend so will be enitrely at the mercy of Denver as to whether #5 can be retained for another week.


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National Team Rankings – March 2019

How It Works
Taking into account all scores recorded at competitions in the last six months, each nation is given a team total based on how its best-scoring group of five senior gymnasts would do in a hypothetical 3-up, 3-count team final.

Each individual’s best scores may come from any official competition (they need not all be from the same meet), and whichever group of five gymnasts would produce the highest score is the one selected.

Countries that have not shown enough senior routines in the last six months to fill a 3-up, 3-count team on each event are not included.

Rankings will be updated at the beginning of each month, and scores will expire after six months in order to provide the most up-to-date snapshot of where nations are at the current moment. The current rankings include only scores from September 2018–February 2019.

Last month’s ranking is in parentheses. Continue reading National Team Rankings – March 2019

NCAA Week 8 Rankings and RQS Update

We’re supposed to pretend we’re interested in calling it NQS now instead of RQS—mostly because the new system has individual qualifiers to regionals decided based on their national rankings instead of their regional rankings, making regional classification even less important than it was before—but also like meh. This score still determines who qualifies to regionals, so RQS it is.


1. Oklahoma Sooners

RQS: 197.925
Previous ranking: 1

Road Score 1: 198.075
Road Score 2: 198.050
Road Score 3: 197.975
Home/Road Score 1: 198.325
Home/Road Score 2: 197.825
Home/Road Score 3: 197.700
RQS: 197.925

Maximum possible RQS after next meet: 198.050
Meets remaining: 5
Road meets remaining: 2

Oklahoma retains the #1 ranking this week by a sizable but dwindling margin after recording a no-Nichols, no-Showers 197.150 on Sunday at West Virginia, a semi-miss of a meet with issues on both beam and floor—though no counting falls. Oklahoma cannot afford absences as significant as this and still be a championship-winning team. That we’ve learned. But also duh. While having lost some ground to UCLA, Oklahoma will still retain the #1 ranking next Monday regardless of what happens in the meet between the two on Sunday.


2. UCLA Bruins

RQS: 197.800
Previous ranking: 2

Road Score 1: 198.025
Road Score 2: 197.900
Road Score 3: 197.700
Home/Road Score 1: 198.025
Home/Road Score 2: 197.775
Home/Road Score 3: 197.600
RQS: 197.800

Maximum possible RQS after next meet: 197.885
Meets remaining: 4
Road meets remaining: 2

Well, it wasn’t boring. (Dear world, holding newspapers in front of your face is harmless and nothing and also welcome to sports and get over it, and MyKayla Skinner absolutely was not underscored and to imply Utah—UTAH—is somehow a poor, oppressed minority that the judges hate is wildly disingenuous. There is no war on Christmas. Now, everyone go in from recess.) Anyway, for all the noise around Utah/UCLA, what really happened is that UCLA performed better gymnastics than Utah did and secured its status in the first tier of teams with a season-high-tying 198.025. What that score served to do is entrench UCLA at #2, unable to be caught by Florida or any other team this coming weekend.


3. Florida Gators

RQS: 197.545
Previous ranking: 3

Road Score 1: 198.025
Road Score 2: 197.500
Road Score 3: 197.325
Home/Road Score 1: 197.850
Home/Road Score 2: 197.675
Home/Road Score 3: 197.375
RQS: 197.545

Maximum possible RQS after next meet: 197.685
Meets remaining: 3
Road meets remaining: 2

It feels like 80 lifetimes ago that Florida lost to Georgia in the “Carol doesn’t know how to make the email box work” meet, a meet in which Florida was fine-but-kind-of-off in the early going, Things really changed when Florida counted a pretty large mistake on beam to allow Georgia into the meet, without the benefit of a home buffer since both teams were being scored with the same rose-colored code. With those other high 197s, however, Florida will be safe at #3 for another week regardless of what happens this weekend.


4. LSU Tigers

RQS: 197.280
Previous ranking: 5

Road Score 1: 197.450
Road Score 2: 197.250
Road Score 3: 197.125
Home/Road Score 1: 197.650
Home/Road Score 2: 197.425
Home/Road Score 3: 197.150
RQS: 197.280

Maximum possible RQS after next meet: 197.380
Meets remaining: 4
Road meets remaining: 2

LSU will hardly be pleased with the 197.125 recorded against Arkansas, with less-than-perfect showings across the board bringing the score down to a level that LSU will hope to drop in the coming weeks. Nonetheless, this 197 meant that LSU could drop a low 196 from January that was still hanging around and therefore move ahead of Utah in the rankings. LSU is in some vague danger of falling behind Utah and Denver this weekend but can avert that danger and guarantee staying at #4 by scoring a 197.350, which really isn’t a lot to ask.


5. Utah Utes

RQS: 197.220
Previous ranking: 4

Road Score 1: 197.375
Road Score 2: 197.250
Road Score 3: 197.150
Home/Road Score 1: 197.625
Home/Road Score 2: 197.175
Home/Road Score 3: 197.150
RQS: 197.220

Maximum possible RQS after next meet: 197.315
Meets remaining: 3
Road meets remaining: 2

Despite recording a season high in the loss to UCLA, Utah loses a single place in the rankings because that season high is dropped as part of RQS calculation and the remaining scores were all already pretty similar. That better score, however, does give Utah a bit higher ceiling and the opportunity to pass LSU this weekend should things go just right. Even so, LSU has the higher maximum possible RQS so will be the team determining how that plays out. The new twist is that Utah now also has to watch out for Denver, which could catch Utah with another big result as long as Utah also returns to the lower 197s against Michigan. 


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NCAA Week 7 – RQS Outlook

You can check out the official rankings for week 7 as always at RTN, but instead of the true rankings this week, I’m going to take a prospective look at where teams currently stand in terms of RQS, which will take over for season average beginning next Monday. This is where they would be ranked if RQS were in place now. Bold scores must be retained as part of the six RQS totals and can no longer be dropped.


1. Oklahoma Sooners

RQS: 197.925
Official week 7 ranking: 1

Road Score 1: 198.075
Road Score 2: 198.050
Road Score 3: 197.975
Home/Road Score 1: 198.325
Home/Road Score 2: 197.825
Home/Road Score 3: 197.700
RQS: 197.925

Maximum possible RQS after next meet: 198.050
Meets remaining: 6
Road meets remaining: 3

Oklahoma is fine for RQS, obviously, already maintaining what is nearly a three-tenth lead over 2nd-place UCLA (a lead equivalent to 1.400 in pure meet scores), with six meets remaining to improve on all of these numbers and chase the RQS record of 198.120, set by this team last season. That feat looks quite doable at this point.


2. UCLA Bruins

RQS: 197.645
Official week 7 ranking: 2

Road Score 1: 197.900
Road Score 2: 197.700
Road Score 3: 197.600
Home/Road Score 1: 198.025
Home/Road Score 2: 197.775
Home/Road Score 3: 197.250
RQS: 197.645

Maximum possible RQS after next meet: 197.800
Meets remaining: 5
Road meets remaining: 3

UCLA has one remaining score that it would prefer to drop—that 197.250 from the very first meet of the year that’s still hanging around—but once that happens, UCLA should be comfortable for a top-3 finish this season. It would be quite difficult to catch Oklahoma at this point since Oklahoma already has three 198s and more meets remaining than UCLA does, but either 2nd or 3rd looks solid.


3. Florida Gators

RQS: 197.530
Official week 7 ranking: 3

Road Score 1: 198.025
Road Score 2: 197.500
Road Score 3: 197.325
Home/Road Score 1: 197.850
Home/Road Score 2: 197.675
Home/Road Score 3: 197.300
RQS: 197.530

Maximum possible RQS after next meet: 197.675
Meets remaining: 4
Road meets remaining: 2

Florida has fewer meets left than the other top teams since the Gators will take a week off of competition before the SEC Championship, but that’s not proving to be a problem this year because the scores are already solid. Last season, Florida was on serious road-score watch, but we’ve seen a change this year as the road scores have mostly mimicked the home performances. To catch UCLA, though, those two 197.3s will have to go in the next couple meets. 


4. Utah Utes

RQS: 197.170
Official week 7 ranking: 4

Road Score 1: 197.375
Road Score 2: 197.250
Road Score 3: 197.150
Home/Road Score 1: 197.125
Home/Road Score 2: 197.150
Home/Road Score 3: 197.125
RQS: 197.170

Maximum possible RQS after next meet: 197.220
Meets remaining: 4
Road meets remaining: 2

Utah will also have a weekend off in March and therefore has just four meets left instead of five. The streak of 197s that has received so much attention is keeping Utah in comfortable stead for RQS, with nothing nasty that needs to be dropped. But, you’ll note that there’s already a 197.375 and 197.250 that cannot be dropped. For the teams ranked above Utah, those are the low scores on the slate that we still very much expect to be dropped, which is why it would be exceptionally difficult for Utah to move beyond 4th this season, even if the high 197s start coming now. The ranking goal will to maintain this spot in the 4-5 regional. 


5. LSU Tigers

RQS: 197.110
Official week 7 ranking: 5

Road Score 1: 197.450
Road Score 2: 197.250
Road Score 3: 196.275
Home/Road Score 1: 197.650
Home/Road Score 2: 197.425
Home/Road Score 3: 197.150
RQS: 197.110

Maximum possible RQS after next meet: 197.385
Meets remaining: 5
Road meets remaining: 3

LSU currently sits behind Utah, primarily the result of that 196.275 that still has to count as one of the road scores. LSU will be optimistic about its chance to catch Utah this weekend, however, because the team heads to Arkansas with a chance to drop that tiny road score and replace it with something much better. Even a 196.850 would guarantee LSU jumping up to 4th on Monday’s rankings. LSU has three scores higher than Utah’s peak so far this season, so the 4-5 advantage sits with LSU right now.


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Week 6 Ranking Notes

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1. Oklahoma Sooners

Average: 197.813
Previous ranking: 1

What semi-inadvertently became Oklahoma’s “exploring depth road meet” because of Brenna-Bars-Gate 2019—in which Dowell had a scary moment on bars in the warmup and had to be pulled from the meet—still ended up as a perfectly high 197.700. It certainly wasn’t Oklahoma’s ideal performance and didn’t really get going until beam in the final rotation (and even that rotation had a fall), but for a meet without Dowell, without Showers, and with Nichols still limited to two events, being able to go 197.700 is not a bad thing. It did stretch the limits of Oklahoma’s depth right to the edge, though, with just five usable vault scores, only five people going on bars, and some definite backups in the lineup on floor.


2. Florida Gators

Average: 197.670
Previous ranking: 2

Florida’s 197.850 in a home victory over Auburn proved the big score of the weekend, seeing the Gators gain a little bit of ground on the Sooners in the quest for first place. Save for the first couple positions on vault, which still need to be resolved, I’m looking at the lineups Florida put up in this one and saying, “Yep, that’s the group.” Schoenherr entered the floor lineup with a solid performance that bolstered that six, in addition to following up last week’s vault success with another hit as she looks to be hitting her stride, and of course Trinity Thomas continues to be everything. Vault still lags behind the other pieces in looking sufficiently postseason-y, but we saw continued progress on those landings over the weekend. We’re still being promised some 1.5s that are vaguely side-eye-inducing, but 4-5 10.0s is going to be competitive enough if the landings get there. 


3. UCLA Bruins

Average: 197.575
Previous ranking: 3

UCLA’s performance against Washington on Sunday was speckled with a wholly expected amount of highs and ehs. Ross and Ohashi got 10s on vault and floor respectively (67% of the 10s awarded so far this season have gone to UCLA gymnasts—discuss), but it was almost entirely those couple big-money routines from the stars that got UCLA’s total up to the rarefied 197.6 zone because the rest of the lineups had some issues. Beam was pretty shaky for the majority, and those bars and vault lineups both had some issues in that they were not six-strong with competitive routines, and it’s unclear at this point who would make them six-strong. Well, I shouldn’t say unclear. You want Frazier on vault and Dennis on bars and Anna Glenn on both as needed, but that hasn’t been able to happen.


4. Utah Utes

Average: 197.196
Previous ranking: 4

Another week, another 197.1 for Utah to stay steady in the 4th position. Utah’s streak of all these low 197s to start a season is both record-breaking and frustrating at the same time—the college gymnastics special. On the one hand, it has never happened before (there’s always been some manner of 196), but on the other hand, these scores are a fall lower than what the top 3 teams are regularly being awarded, even when just kind of OK. Vault reigned as the big highlight for Utah on Saturday. Those landings were excellent and are farther along than most teams at this point in the season (just keep them for April…), but we’re still seeing a lack of non-Skinner 9.9s on bars and floor, with some uncharacteristically short handstands (I think about 5 people in the bars lineup had a deduction on the opening cast hs) keeping bars as the lowest-scoring event over the weekend.


5. LSU Tigers

Average: 196.850
Previous ranking: 5

LSU was able to hang onto 5th this week despite the performance that shall not be named for 196.025 against Kentucky. Still, the Tigers are falling well behind the top four and are nearing danger of being caught by those in the lower half of the top 10. Last season, LSU didn’t have a score lower than 197.575 as part of its RQS numbers. This year, LSU’s peak score is 197.450. With 7 meets remaining, we’re now in crunch time. The team has to start eradicating these weak performances, otherwise they’ll manifest in a rough postseason seeding. This week, it was a counting fall on bars and three OOBs on floor that eliminated LSU from contention for a usable score, despite what were some impressive fulls on vault and a couple pretty hits on beam.


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